Auction Action in Dallas, Texas
DALLAS, TEXAS — A gilded Civil War presentation sword gifted to Lieutenant Colonel Theodore B. Hamilton—a twice-wounded prisoner of war who commanded New York’s 62nd Infantry (known as Anderson’s Zouaves) in battles ranging from Antietam to Gettysburg – took top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ $2.13-plus million weekend of Civil War and armor auctions.
Including the buyer’s premium, the highly gilded sword and scabbard, sold at $28,750. The June 12-13 Civil War and militaria Signature auction and June 14 arms and armor Signature auctions both saw sell through rates exceeding 90 percent with nearly 1,500 registered bidders.
Marsha Dixey, manager of historical auctions at Heritage Auctions said, “Hamilton’s presentation sword survived in wonderful condition and even the scabbard retained 90 percent of its original gilded surface. The sword notwithstanding, both auctions saw intense bidding from start to finish.” A complete review of the weekend auctions will appear in a future issue. For more information, www.ha.com.